At The Jefferson School we are reimagining education — one engaged, motivated child at a time.



The Jefferson School inspires a love for learning through an innovative academic environment focused on exploration, discovery and active participation for students in preschool through grade 8.


The vision of The Jefferson School is to develop influential life-long learners by promoting independent thinking, collaboration and creative problem solving with a respect for people and our environment.

By: Jill Koenemann. We were looking for a curriculum that would move beyond teaching the classics and would help students connect what they were learning with their own lives. The conversation quickly shifted to project-based learning (PBL). This approach suits children with learning difficulties because it allows them to work at their own levels of differentiated learning.

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Since the kickoff of the #HowIKnow project last fall, we have been working with district teams in Austin, Dallas, and Tulsa to design and implement professional learning plans with 60 pilot teachers. Here are two key lessons we've already learned about PD for formative assessment.

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By: Eric Nentrup. The authors of this book are sounding the alert for the specific types of change that need to occur, and backing it up with research, numbers and influence. Read more here.

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